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A Gallery of Saints

In June 2020, Chester Cathedral released a two-volume record of the stained glass windows of its cloister. The cloister of Chester Cathedral was glazed in the 1920s at the suggestion of the Very Reverend Frank Bennett, Dean of Chester (1920-1937).

There are 34 windows in the cloister with a total of 130 lights (a sub-division of a window). His son, who was later ordained, suggested the depiction of the Church’s Calendar. Each window has one or more memorial. Donors for the memorials generated the necessary funds. 147 local people (dedicatees) are remembered in this way and about a quarter are World War I memorials

A team of five led by The Reverend Canon Jane Brooke, Vice Dean, has photographed each light in great detail and a two page commentary has been written describing the story of the saint or holy day, explaining the attributes found in the pictures and biographical details of the dedicatee.

The book, in two volumes, is richly illustrated with photographs and may be seen online. Hard copies may be available later. This is the first time in 100 years that a record of these unique windows has been written.

Download volume one of Gallery of Saints here.

Download volume two of Gallery of Saints here.

Alternatively, watch James Thomson’s introduction to the project here.